Leonardo Bonucci revealed that both himself and Giorgio Chiellini advised rising star Moise Kean to remain at Juventus.
The 19-year-old forward graduated the Juventus youth academy in 2016 and became the first player born in the 2000s to feature in a Champions League match as well as in one of Europe’s top four leagues.
Despite being highly valued over in Turin, however, Kean has been forced to settle for limited game time this season due to competition from five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic.
But Kean decided to stay at Juventus and has since reaped the benefits on his choice by featuring in the Bianconeri’s last three games.
The teenager also scored on his full international debut against Finland on Saturday as Italy began their Euro 2020 qualification campaign with a 2-0 win.
“Kean has grown a lot and has made great strides forward,” said Bonucci, as quoted by Football-Italia.
“I hope he can handle all the pressure on him right now. He was right to stay with us at Juventus.
“He talked to Giorgio [Chiellini] and I talked to him too. When you train with Ronaldo, Dybala and Douglas Costa, you can only learn and grow.
“I’m glad he listened to my advice and now he’s making great strides. Now he must take the pressure off himself and keep doing well.
“He’s 18 years old and like all 18-year-olds, he’s lacking some minor things away from football, but the important thing is that these things are small.
“Lately he’s learned to form part of a group, how to respect the rules. Now I hope he can overcome the pressure to do well for the national team and Juve.”
Italy will next host Liechtenstein at Parma’s Ennio Tardini Stadium for the second game of Group J, with Bonucci urging caution.
“The risk in matches like the one against Liechtenstein is always the same, the risk of underestimating your opponents,” said the defender.
“We must not do that. We need to be careful. And in any case, it’s crucial that we’re able to immediately unblock the race.”
The Italy and Liechtenstein game on Tuesday will kick-off at 20:45 (CET).